Center for the Study of Canada Staff

Center for the Study of Canada Staff — Amy Sotherden

Assistant Director

In her position as Assistant Director at the Center for the Study of Canada/Institute on Québec Studies, Amy organizes multidisciplinary professional development opportunities for K-16 educators on Canadian and Québec topics with the aim to develop greater awareness and knowledge of Canada in American classrooms. She has the great pleasure of being responsible for the administration of the Center/Institute’s renown Québec-based outreach programs including the Québec Winter Symposium for Professors of French, the Québec Summer Seminar for higher education faculty of the humanities and social sciences, as well as the Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals “Québec Dimensions: Historical, Geographic, and Cultural Explorations.”

Amy is a regular conference exhibitor and presenter at social studies conferences, such as the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies, and is also heightening the involvement of the Center/Institute’s outreach to teachers of French. She provides presentations to K-12 students, teachers, administrators and pre-service teachers. Her recent presentations include:

  • “French Colonial America: People. History and Geography”
  • “Battle for the Continent: 250th Anniversary of the Conquest”
  • “Promoting Québec in the French Classroom”
  • “Developing an Emphasis on the North of Canada: Insight and Outcomes from Nunavik and James Bay Travels”
  • “What's Up North? Contemporary Controversies in the Canadian Arctic”
  • “Canada and the American K–12 Curriculum: A Replicable Investigation of Area Studies Content
  • “Truth About Totem Poles

Amy also coordinates the Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa which welcomed sixty participants from Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania and Niger for two three week programs in the U.S.A. in 2012 and the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada for 40 Canadians to study in the U.S.A. for three weeks during the summers of 2013 and 2014.

Amy is proud to be an alumna of the SUNY Plattsburgh Canadian Studies Program (1998) and took advantage of many extra-curricular opportunities as an undergraduate student, such as being an active leader in Club Canada, spending three semesters abroad at Canadian Universities, and undertaking three internships. Her education also includes a Master's of Arts (2004) in international relations, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in conflict resolution, from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Her career focuses on heightening international understanding and includes nine years of working in higher education administration and four years in the non-profit sector. In addition to organizing many study and travel programs in Canada, she has also organized and executed international programs in Britain, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Thailand.

Contact Amy Sotherden

Office: 133 Court St., 101
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-2385
Fax: (518) 564-2112
Email: amy.sotherden@plattsburgh.edu